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By David Madden

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his first State of the State message to a joint legislative session in Trenton, indicating that, while there’s been great progress in turning the Garden State around, the work is far from finished.

After citing accomplishments, most notably property and arbitration award caps, Christie said the state needed to remain on the path of fiscal responsibility.

“We have to continue to make some very tough decisions about what we can afford and what we can’t. Next month, I will present to you a budget for fiscal year 2012 and I’ll guarantee you this. It will be balanced and it will not raise taxes,” said Christie.

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Christie called for pension and education reform, suggesting an end to teacher tenure and a need for state workers to make personal contributions to their retirement fund.

Reported By David Madden, KYW Newsradio; Robin Rieger, CBS 3

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